Sustainable Building Practices
LUSARDI CONSTRUCTION WAS RECENTLY RANKED 60th in ENR magazine’s “Top 400 Green Builders in the United States” issue. Our involvement in Sustainable Construction and the LEED scoring system is something we like to actively promote. Currently over 70% of our project management staff has obtained the title LEED Accredited Professional, and we are working towards making it 100%. Lusardi Construction is dedicated to educating our staff to being a leader in the Green movement.
We recently completed the Hunter Industries Sales & Distribution facility in San Marcos. This Class “A” office building and warehouse set a goal for LEED Silver certification, and throughout the construction process achieved a LEED Gold certification due in part to the team’s collective work to obtain extra points whenever possible, including Innovation credits for diverting over 95% of construction waste. The project was also awarded the SDG&E Energy Showcase Award, and was named “Sustainable Communities Champion” for its highly energy-efficient facility.
Completed in June 2009, the America Center in San Jose, CA is comprised of two, six-story steel-framed buildings built on a former landfill. Supported by 175’-long piles extending through the landfill into nature native soil, the project includes building and site methane gas mitigation systems and vented asphalt paving. Energy efficient measures include a solar reflective roof, high efficiency HVAC equipment, water-efficient landscaping and a storm water management plan to control site runoff. This project has been approved for LEED Gold pre-certification and is expected to become the first Gold-certified building in San Jose.
The 50,000 sf Pomona Valley Health Center project in Claremont, CA set a goal for basic LEED “Certified” certification, and again, throughout the construction process, managed to exceed expectations by achieving a LEED Silver certification. This was due in part by the team’s ability to maximize our Construction Waste Management plan, Materials Reuse and Regional Materials, as well as optimizing energy performance with upgraded mechanical units.
We are also currently under construction on two more projects that are pursuing LEED certification. St. Bartholomew's Chapel at the Rincon Indian reservation in Valley Center, California, is attempting a basic LEED certification. We have recently broken ground on a Federal Express DGO Facility in Las Vegas that is pursuing LEED Silver certification.
Of course, often there can be high up-front costs for achieving sustainability. Typically we assign cost and payback benefits to each LEED point and work with the owner/architect to find the most cost effective means of obtaining their desired level of certification.
Sustainability begins at home:
We also believe that being environmentally responsible begins at the core, and one way of doing so is by looking for new ways to conserve resources at our own corporate headquarters. Here are some of the things we currently practice:
Reduction of the amount of paper plan distribution to our subcontractors by 80% in the past 9 months. This was achieved by using software that helps us copy, send and track project plan documents electronically.
We recycle office paper, plans, beverage containers, newspapers and cardboard.
We have purchased a small hybrid vehicle for all of our interoffice deliveries.
An office energy management strategy has helped reduce our energy consumption by 20% per month.
The sustainable construction process continues on into our field operations. The following lists some of our standard practices:
- Storm water pollution prevention planning and implementation.
- Diversion of construction waste from landfill with the use of material specific recycling containers.
- Re-use of construction materials such as form lumber, stakes and form liners.
- Fuel and oil containment for prevention of soil and local water table contamination.
- Efficient coordination of regional equipment delivery and pickup, thus reducing fuel consumption and the accompanying pollution associated with delivering materials to the jobsite.
- Use of local material suppliers.
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